No. 09 Toyota Camry
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Sam’s Town 300 – March 10, 2012
Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
News & Notes:
This Week’s Toyota … Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 42 in the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This chassis last saw action at the Nationwide Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, 2011.
Ride Along … The No. 09 Toyota Camry will have an in-car camera for this weekend’s race coverage on ESPN2, courtesy of Nationwide Insurance. With cameras mounted on the roof, interior roll bars and rear bumper of Wallace’s Camry, viewers will get an interesting perspective of this D-shaped oval.
Wallace at Las Vegas … In nine NNS starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Wallace boasts two top-10 finishes. His best showing at the 1.5-mile oval is an eighth-place finish, which he achieved in March, 2002. The nine-time Nationwide Series race winner has an average starting position of 23.4, an average finish of 20.3 and has completed 93.7 percent of the laps contested (1,703 of 1,817). Additionally, Wallace has competed in eight Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas.
Zipadelli at Las Vegas … Crew chief Scott Zipadelli has sat atop the pit box at Las Vegas Motor Speedway five times and has finished no worse than 15th. He has scored one top-five and two top-10 finishes in Nationwide Series competition at The Diamond in the Desert with drivers Jason Leffler and Kenny Wallace, and his best showing, a fourth-place finish, came in February, 2009 with Leffler.
RAB Racing at Las Vegas … In four Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway dating back to 2009, RAB Racing has earned one top-10 finish.
RAB Racing will make its fourth NNS start at LVMS this Saturday.
Las Vegas Flashback … In the 2011 running of the Sam’s Town 300, RAB Racing and Wallace posted a 10th-place finish. Fuel-mileage strategy by crew chief Scott Zipadelli paid dividends for the No. 09 team, as Wallace earned his second consecutive top-10 finish of the season.
New Website … Not only is RAB Racing expanding on the track, but also off the track with the launch of our new website. Our updated site makes it easy for fans and media to follow along throughout the 2012 season. Visit www.TeamRAB.com for news, releases, results, and multimedia.
Happy Birthday, Duke … Dan “Duke” Zink, fabricator on the No. 09 Toyota Camry, celebrated his 43rd birthday on Saturday, March 3rd.
Catch the Action … The Sam’s Town 300 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be televised live Saturday, Mar. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. EST on ESPN 2 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be televised live Saturday, Mar. 9 beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST on SPEED.
Kenny Wallace Quotes:
Why do you call Las Vegas Motor Speedway ‘groovy’? “I call it groovy because you can run on the top, the middle, and the bottom. Turns 3 and 4 tend to get really slippery and Turns 1 and 2 tend to have a lot of grip because they are always in the shade. I really enjoy Las Vegas Motor Speedway; it’s one of my favorite racetracks. We finished 10th there last year and had a fun, strong week.”
Are you going to gamble in Sin City? “No, I’ve had enough of gambling. I’m really focused this weekend. We’ve had finishes recently that weren’t reflective of the quality of equipment we had and I’m ready to prove what we’re made of.”